Smart Meters Support Faster Storm Response

After a catastrophic wind storm tore through Michigan earlier this month, the pressure was on to restore power as quickly as possible. Any delay, and more than a million customers would be without heat when a late-winter freeze struck the state. Crews from across the Midwest fanned out across Michigan, rushing to replace snapped power poles, re-string miles of downed wire, and trim back felled trees. Energy companies had to disseminate important safety messages detailing the locations of warming centers while keeping Michiganders updated on power restoration efforts.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) played a pivotal role in this effort. Smart meters at residences and businesses communicated to energy companies in realtime during the storm and after, sending updates on outages and restorations while keeping a virtual eye out for the most vulnerable Michiganders.


AMI, better known as smart meters, is just part of Michigan’s 21st-century grid, in which technological advances help electricity consumers conserve power and save on their energy bills. When severe weather strikes, smart meters can be life-savers, aiding in first response, restoration, and safety efforts:


AMP wants to extend our deepest gratitude to all the workers who put their own safety and comfort aside to help restore the grid following this historic storm. Many of them worked through the night in single-digit temperatures. Their job was anything but easy, and thanks to the use of AMI technology, they restored our power at an unprecedented pace.